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A Player’s View Of The CBA Negotiations

The following essay was submitted to cbc.ca Saturday morning. Its author — who wishes to remain anonymous — is a 10-year pro who has played in the NHL, the AHL and overseas. These are his thoughts on the current labour situation: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” — Charles Dickens Hockey has never been better. The skill and speed with which today’s...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Shootout

from John Kreiser of NHL.com, It’s hard to believe, but the shootout is now seven years old—and it’s been used to decide more than 13 percent of NHL regular-season games (1,138 of 8,610) since the tiebreaker was adopted in 2005. The stakes can be high: The Philadelphia Flyers’ run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final never would have happened if they hadn’t beaten the New York...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

An E-mail Interview with new Philadelphia Flyers’ Web site beat writer Anthony SanFilippo

It is always an honor and a pleasure for me to do e-mail interviews with hockey beat writers considering that is my ultimate dream job. Recently, I was lucky and honored enough to conduct an e-mail interview with new Philadelphia Flyers’ web site beat writer Anthony SanFilippo. Anthony was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Rollback Talk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, Seven years after the league was able to impose a 24-percent rollback on existing contracts as one of the terms of the settlement of the lockout that claimed the 2004-05 season, that is just how much the athletes would have sacrificed if the system proposed by the NHL to go into effect next year had been in effect in 2011-12. That is the calculation...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Hossa’s Health Improving But Has Yet To Hit The Ice

from Brian Hedger at NHL.com, Meeting with reporters in person for the first time since a hit by Coyotes forward Raffi Torres in Game 3 of the series, Hossa said he’s been working out hard off the ice for about a month and showing no symptoms. “Lots of time has passed by and that helped me,” Hossa said Friday afternoon at a media function prior to the start of the Hawks’...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Darryl Sutter Has The Cup

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun, The festivities included a bagpipper ushering his son, Christopher, and Kings forward Colin Fraser into a banquet hall, with a pair of RCMP officers part of the parade. “I was lucky to be able to get it for a couple of days, to tie it in with the golf tournament,” Sutter said. “Then, it goes to the farm — and that’s better.” The...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: on Sproul, the CBA and Twitter-y news

The Detroit Free Press’s George Sipple added a twist to an “emptying the notebook” story about Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul which notes something of a trend going forward: the Wings’ youth movement is pushing the team toward a level of social media activity that the “older” Wings never really cared or care to engage in. Mike Commodore was the first Wings player to...
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July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Patrick Kane Talks Before Blackhawks’ Convention

via Ben Meyer-Abbott of the Chicago Sun-Times, Patrick Kane said Friday he was embarrassed by the photos that emerged after a party-filled weekend less than two weeks after the Blackhawks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The pictures—which appeared to show an intoxicated Kane in Madison, Wis., including one in which it appeared he was passed out at a bar—were published...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Oh Those Owners

from Mike Boone at the Montreal Gazette, It is safe to assume that Snider and fellow NHL boardroom right-wingers – such as Los Angeles Kings owner Phillip Anschutz, who is worth $6 billion and funds organizations battling gay rights and promoting “intelligent design” as an alternative to evolution – are backing the hard line Gary Bettman has adopted in contract negotiations...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Technical Talk At The CBA Meeting Today

from Katie Strang of ESPN New York, Day three of labor talks between the NHL and NHL Players’ Association yielded little news. The two sides met for approximately 2.5 hours Friday to discuss “technical matters,” before wrapping up for the weekend. According to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, the players’ association is still in the process of gathering information...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: on Datsyuk’s birthday, ‘Red Wings day on PHT’ and Q’s and A’s

This entry covers a little bit of everything, so let’s get started and start with the kind of, well, let’s call it a bipolar focus that Red Wings fans have become accustomed to since Nicklas Lidstrom retired: Happy 34th birthday to Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk! You can wish him a happy birthday here- on.fb.me/QgGkVg— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 20, 2012 ...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Minnesota Has The Worst Team Corsi

Earlier this week I posted the team Corsi ratings from 2011/12.  This is the difference between shots attempted (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) that a team takes and their opponents take in five on five situations.  This is a strong measure of a team’s puck possession ability and is a significant repeatable portion of a team’s success or failure.  Should a...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Ducks Sign Daniel Winnik

Ducks sign Daniel Winnik to two-year deal worth $3.6 million. $1.8M for each.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) July 20, 2012
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Prayers And Thoughts For Jessica And Her Family

from Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy, We all woke up this morning to news of the tragedy in Colorado. As moviegoers were watching the midnight opening of “The Dark Knight Rises”, a gunman opened fire killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others…. One of those killed was Jessica Ghawi, a well-known Denver-area hockey blogger, also known as Jessica Redfield on Twitter. She had...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Oilers Re-Sign Gagner

I may be the only person thinking this, but the Oilers re-signing centreman Sam Gagner may have been one of the bigger “meh” moves of the summer. Yes, Gagner has played 366 NHL games and is only 23 (in August). Yes, Gagner also had an 8 point night last season. But what of his not just cold, but ice cold 20 plus game streak? Continue reading "Oilers Re-Sign Gagner"
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Gagner Agrees To One-Year Deal With Edmonton

Gagner agrees to one-yr deal with Oil. Wouldn’t be surprised if he gets $1 million more than he made last year. About $3.2 mil.— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) July 20, 2012 Reports are the dollar amount is $3.2M.
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Nikolai Kulemin And His Two-Year Deal With The Leafs

Sounds like a two-year settlement coming for Nik Kulemin— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 20, 2012 $2.8 aav for Kulemin on 2 year deal with Toronto.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 20, 2012
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Thoughts and Musings with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice

Just because it is the off-season does not mean there is no hockey to talk about. This is why NHL Home Ice is one of the best hockey outlets out there. The Sirius/XM channel continues to bring the latest news, notes, interviews with people in the hockey world and much more. One of NHL Home Ice’s great hosts, Terry Mercury, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Yashin Has A “Concrete” Offer From An NHL Team

from SovSport (rough Russian translation), The famous 38-year-old forward Alexei Yashin, who after last season, parted with CSKA Moscow, intends to pursue a career in North America. A variant of the “Motorist” from his home in Yekaterinburg longer interests him . - Yashin, considering the transition to the NHL - said last night told “Soviet Sport” Sergei Begishevo player’s...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: the aggressive pursuit of all available options for improvement

The difference between a general manager and Red Wings fans like you and me is that Ken Holland can’t afford to be frustrated by, or, given by this blog’s comments section of late, join Wings fans in either attempting to break his ankles jumping off the bandwagon or impale himself upon the nearest sharp object simply because the Red Wings have yet to land their big fish. Zach...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Wild offer a different kind of premium seating plan

I’d still love being a fly on the wall when Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold walks into the room during CBA negotiations, but when the Wild’s resident, “We’re losing money on player salaries” meets, “I’m a madman!” owner isn’t asking players to take a smaller chunk of revenues, the Pioneer Press’s Charley Walters reports that he’s selling 96 premium seats...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

New Medical Team For The Penguins

from Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Penguins have fired their longtime team physician, Dr. Charles Burke. Burke, 57, who oversaw center Sidney Crosby’s concussion treatment and Mario Lemieux’s career-long back problems, told the Tribune-Review he was informed July 10 that he and the team’s medical staff were being dismissed. The team broke the...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Ed Snider Wants To Win Now

from Kevin Callahan of Delaware Online, So the Flyers founder is chasing the Cup in the twilight of his Hall of Fame life like Lord Stanley’s chalice is indeed the Holy Grail. The potential acquisition of Shea Weber is the latest and most poignant ploy to kiss the cup. The Nashville restricted free agent is considered the top all-around defenseman in the league and Snider is reportedly...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Oshie Avoids Arbitration

via Chris Pinkert at the Blues website, The Blues have avoided arbitration with forward T.J. Oshie, announcing Thursday night that the forward has agreed to a new five-year contract with the team. The contract is worth an average of $4.175 million per year. Oshie sent out the following message on his Twitter account late Thursday: “Couldn’t be more happy to resign for another...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Sources Say Nashville Has No Other Choice Than To Match Weber Offer Sheet

from Scott Burnside of ESPN, Multiple sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that they believe the ownership group has no choice but to breathe deep and match the offer sheet. As for the idea that somehow Weber was indicating a desire to depart Nashville, Weber would have known that by signing the offer sheet he was likely to end up a Predator long-term. Was it his preference to go...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss
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